Local Sports Monday March 6, 2017

The Letcher County Central Lady Cougars basketball season came to an end Friday night when they lost to Leslie County 57-48 Final in the 14th Region Tournament semifinals at Hazard. The Lady Cougars season ends at 19-15. Also Friday night in the girls 14th Region semi-finals Knott County Central beat Perry County Central 77-72.   Then Saturday night Knott County Central beat Leslie County 49-44 to claim the girls 2017 14th Region championship.  Congratulations to coach Jeff Honeycutt and the Lady Patriots.   

In the girls 13th region championship game Harlan Independent beat Harlan County 59-52 at the Arena in Corbin Saturday night.

In the girls 15th region championship game Paintsville held off Johnson Central 39-36 at the Eastern KY Expo Center Saturday afternoon.

So Harlan Ind., Knott County Central and Paintsville will represent the mountains in the girls Sweet 16 State Tournament that gets underway this Wednesday at BB & T Arena at Newport KY Northern KY University.  

Harlan will play George Rogers Clark Wednesday at 8pm, Paintsville will take on Simon Kenton at 6:30 on Thursday and Knott County Central will face Henderson County at 12 noon Thursday in the state tournament.  

Tonight it's the boys 14th Region Tournament semi-finals at Breathitt County in Jackson.  
In game one this evening Letcher County Central will take on Perry County Central at 6pm and Estill County will play Knott County Central around 8.  We'll bring you the LCC-Perry Central boys semi-final game tonight here on the Bulldog with pre-game starting at 5:30pm.

Tonight's 2 winners will meet in the championship game tomorrow at 7.

The boys 13th region tournament championship game will be tonight at 7 when Corbin takes on Harlan County at the Arena in Corbin.  

The boys 15th region tournament championship game will also be tonight at the Eastern KY Expo Center in Pikeville when Johnson Central takes on Pikeville at 7:30.  

The boys sweet 16 will be at Rupp Arena starting on Wednesday March 15th.  

High School baseball and softball season is right around the corner.

The 2017 baseball season begins this week.  Letcher County Central and coach Andy Maggard will open this Friday March 10th at home against Sheldon Clark at 7pm.  They will also play North Laurel at home on Saturday at 2pm.

The Jenkins Cavaliers and coach Robbie Delph will open the season this Thursday March 9th at Phelps at 6pm and then play at Knott County Central Friday at 6.  

Letcher County Central Lady Cougar softball with coach Jay Perkins begins March 18th against Henry Clay.  Jenkins Lady Cavalier softball with coach Rick Kranz will begin on March 14th with a doubleheader against JI Burton VA at home.  

No. 9 Kentucky won its fifth Southeastern Conference regular-season title in coach John Calipari's eight seasons on Saturday after beating Texas A & M 71-63.  KY Is 26-5 overall and 16-2 in the SEC.  They will be the #1 seed in the SEC Tournament that goes this Wednesday through Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  The Cats get a by to the quarterfinals where they'll play Friday March 10th at 1pm against the winner of the Georgia and Tennessee game.  We'll have Friday's game here on the Bulldog.  Pre-game will start at 11:30am.